by Sara Graham, Riverfront Times
The St. Louis culinary scene is growing almost exponentially these days – the incredible talent and diversity on display at restaurants in the city is unprecedented. This month, as Earth Day approaches, we’ve partnered with the St. Louis Green Dining Alliance to celebrate another recent development – green dining. This isn’t new, of course, but the organization is the first independent non-profit organization in St. Louis dedicated solely to the certification of, and ongoing training in, practices such as conserving energy, reducing waste and sourcing locally.
Since it was founded in 2011, the GDA has certified 96 restaurants locally. Here, we share the story of ten who have made a significant impact through their commitment to the health and well-being of their customers and the local community.
Radishes from the garden at Sidney Street Cafe | courtesy of Sidney Street Cafe
7. Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney Street, Benton Park
Sidney Street Cafe was one of the first restaurants in St. Louis to strongly emphasize a menu that rotates with the seasons and is sourced primarily from local farmers. That commitment supports the local community, ensures the highest nutritional value and flavor, and reduces carbon footprint. Part of the restaurant’s local produce comes from its 100-yard organic urban garden, which grows more than 50 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Benton Park neighbors help to maintain the garden and are welcome to harvest for their own kitchens.
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